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by Nick
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: FREE MONEY!!!
Replies: 13
Views: 5019

Re: FREE MONEY!!!

Geez, you go away for a few years and look what happens! Haven't been active in the luthier field for a couple of years now due to ongoing family matters but that doesn't stop me dropping by occasionally to drool over everybody else's work. If I ever get back into it I can see I'm going to have to l...
by Nick
Mon Nov 14, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Nick you ok??
Replies: 10
Views: 3675

Re: Nick you ok??

All good here thanks Martin, piss poor night's sleep but that's the worst of it. Was a biggy and lasted 80 seconds (felt longer!), yeah the original 6.6 was upgraded to a 7.5 ( they're thinkng it was two seperate faults that went off together). Kaikoura's completely isolated and all roads north are ...
by Nick
Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:19 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Stephanie Jones
Replies: 9
Views: 4056

Re: Stephanie Jones

Gifted indeed but clearly works very hard at her craft. I bought her cd and asked if there was a secret to playing that many notes without a buzz. Predictably, she said "practice" Very inspiring, I had to pick up my guitar and play something when I got home to see if I could play anything without a...
by Nick
Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Stephanie Jones
Replies: 9
Views: 4056

Re: Stephanie Jones

Thanks Richard, a thoroughly enjoyable 20 minutes looking through her channel. It's been years since I've listened to Classical Guitar, I'd forgotten how, when well played, beautiful and tender the instrument can be. :cl :cl And just to make me even more depressed about my lack of playing talent, sh...
by Nick
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falbo Intension Bridge
Replies: 92
Views: 29547

Re: Falbo Intension Bridge

To my mind, even if there is a vector force counteracting the string pull angle, the end result would still be an upward pull behind the bridge...so what's changed? The complexity and weight of the bridge and the size of the bridge plate, tying up the top movement, stiffening and thickening the sou...
by Nick
Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:04 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: 12 String SS Falcate braced Ziricote\spruce guitar.
Replies: 47
Views: 18751

Re: 12 String SS Falcate braced Ziricote\spruce guitar.

Beautiful full 12 string sound John, has all the basses covered in the tone stakes, a full bass and complex highs, I love 12 stringers. Great choice of music too (one of my 'go-to' pieces to get the fingers warmed up) just a pity about your instructor's tee shirt :wink: :lol: It's been a great journ...
by Nick
Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: 00 Size Florentine Cutaway Guitar - 14 Fret Neck
Replies: 12
Views: 4906

Re: 00 Size Florentine Cutaway Guitar - 14 Fret Neck

What a beautiful guitar Kim, I love the black accents, how you've carried the rosette right up to the edge of the soundhole & matched sapwood to your joints. All subtle touches that make one fine looking instrument. Very jealous of your son. 8) :cl :cl :cl :cl
by Nick
Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:41 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Archtop bass
Replies: 11
Views: 4204

Re: Archtop bass

They are reminiscent of the Hofner Beatles bass. They sound unique, one friend, who I have gigged with many times, pulls a great tone. Nothing like a Fender bass sound though. The Hofners (and Matons I suspect) used a ply construction so would be inherently stiff and why pickups were used. Rod make...
by Nick
Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Electrostatic Pick Guard Material
Replies: 17
Views: 9948

Re: Electrostatic Pick Guard Material

mickeyj4j wrote:Thanks for that, think I would start with the screen protector. Don't think we have office works in New Zealand.
Warehouse Stationary should have something similar I would imagine Mickey.
by Nick
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: String Stiffness Jig results
Replies: 18
Views: 7106

Re: String Stiffness Jig results

kiwigeo wrote:
Trevor Gore wrote:No and no.
Next question...are two Nos equal to one NO!
One for each nut. :wink:
by Nick
Tue Jul 26, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood
Replies: 17
Views: 7546

Re: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood

I've never used the Watyl product, but from the cut and paste it doesn't appear to be anything like Microtone 3220. The dust free, touch dry and re-coat time make me think more of some sort of varnish type product. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it doesn't seem to be comparing appl...
by Nick
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:35 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood
Replies: 17
Views: 7546

Re: Miratone or Wattyl Stylewood

Welcome to the forum Paul! some nice little ukes there. I use the 3220, it is also a pre cat lacquer so from what you say of the Wattyl ( I've never even heard of it let alone used it (we do have Wattyl products here in NZ but never seen that one) so I can't comment on a direct comparison) they soun...
by Nick
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:26 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: A bit, or should that be Byte? of music
Replies: 3
Views: 2285

Re: A bit, or should that be Byte? of music

The 'low tech' version: https://youtu.be/IvUU8joBb1Q [youtube]IvUU8joBb1Q[/youtube] damn youtube embedding wont work. :( Yeah it's a marvelous piece of wood work on that video, I'd almost be tempted to make one myself if I had a spare twelve months to make it! :lol: I always wondered, is that Beck ...
by Nick
Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Shark Tank
Replies: 5
Views: 3034

Re: Shark Tank

Sounds like it should have been Perry making the offers to the Shark Tank investors not the other way around :) Just heard this morning on the radio about a guy that pitched to the English version of that some years ago and not one of the panel invested in his "Tangle free" hair brush saying it was...
by Nick
Wed Jul 20, 2016 6:33 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: A bit, or should that be Byte? of music
Replies: 3
Views: 2285

A bit, or should that be Byte? of music

Amazing how some people fill their days!

youtu.be/
by Nick
Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Very old tone wood
Replies: 14
Views: 4577

Re: Very old tone wood

Wow! Don't think I've ever seen a piece of timber with that tight a growth ring pattern. More rings per inch than a Proctologist's clinic!
by Nick
Fri Jul 08, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: How things are done in Christchurch
Replies: 3
Views: 2175

Re: How things are done in Christchurch

Wouldn't want the customer to eat a cold Souvalaki! The would-be robber's reaction makes me laugh, must either be the most chilled out armed robber you've ever seen or has consumed the whole of the East Coast's supply of weed before venturing out (mind you, he would have probably demanded souvalaki'...
by Nick
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:50 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Sprayers in Australia and NZ
Replies: 13
Views: 4637

Re: Sprayers in Australia and NZ

The number of people building guitars in New Zealand isn't enough for somebody to rely on offering this service as a full time income (remember the total population of NZ is only 4 million, about the same as Scotland but over a land area bigger than the UK). And the way the majority of Kiwi's drive,...
by Nick
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:43 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Electric Guitar Wiring
Replies: 5
Views: 2341

Re: Electric Guitar Wiring

Yeah I'd be looking at the pots and selector switch first too. Doesn't take much movement of a dodgy pot to make it cut out. Try 'wobbling' the knobs of the pots and selector whilst strumming the guitar and see if you can intentionally recreate the problem. If it does then a good spray with CRC lect...
by Nick
Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:13 am
Forum: Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Trevor Gore
Topic: uery for Trevor re Compensation Calculations
Replies: 41
Views: 15576

Re: uery for Trevor re Compensation Calculations

kiwigeo wrote:Still testing...interrupted today by a job interview. First time Ive had a formal interview for a job in 40 years :shock:
Ahhh, so you decided to apply for that pole dancing job after all then !
by Nick
Thu Jul 07, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: Instrument Builders Forum
Topic: Falcate bracing - bass back
Replies: 7
Views: 3123

Re: Falcate bracing - bass back

Elegant solution Matthew (and Trevor) and glad it has improved the sound rather than hindered.
by Nick
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:22 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: First Archtop
Replies: 7
Views: 3541

Re: First Archtop

Beautiful job Martin :cl :cl :cl :cl :cl . I love carving archies, it's a very 'therapeutic', all be it, tiring job but to hear the sound evolve in the timber as more is removed. Nice match of timbers too, the more I see Gidgee the more I like it! Interesting choice with the full contact bridge (as ...
by Nick
Thu Jun 30, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 3
Views: 2374

Re: Brexit

Having been born in England I grew up with the class system but could never understand why it was there (most of the 'upper class' had no money anyway and lived mainly off the fact of their peerage and 'family' name :evil: ), everybody is born the same way and we all go out the same way, so when we ...
by Nick
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:46 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 3
Views: 2374

Re: Brexit

:roll:
The sad truth is, it was people like this that ticked the "out" box without fully grasping all of the facts, hence why Google reportedly spiked after the vote with searches on "What is the EU" and "What will it mean being out of the EU" by people in Britain and why it was passed!